Post-it Note Diaries: 20 Stories of Youthful Abandon, Embarrassing Mishaps, and Everyday Adventure Edited and Illustrated by Arthur Jones
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Above: David Rakoff performing at The Post-it Note Reading Series

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The origin of Post-it Note Diaries starts a few years ago when I was working at painfully boring office. I was hired to design banner ads and supermarket coupons but the company was over-staffed so I spent most of my time pretending to be busy. To fend off the boredom, I started covertly writing stories in Microsoft Excel documents and illustrating them on Post-its. I found 3 inch yellow pads of Post-its to be perfect little sketchbooks and I could swipe hundreds of them at a time from the supply closet without anyone noticing. Eventually I started reading these work stories in public -- at bars, bookstores and art galleries. To accompany my performances I projected a slideshow of my Post-it Note drawings behind me. It was a little like narrating a comic one panel at a time or presenting a hand drawn lecture. Months later my friend Starlee Kine and I took that format and expanded it into the Post-it Note Reading Series. Each show was an experiment, where both established authors and non-writers could present stories over a backdrop of my Post-it drawings. Post-it Note Diaries is an extension of the Reading Series. It features some stories that are old favorites and some new work by some of my favorite writers and performers. Admittedly it's a book that's hard to explain-- part non fiction anthology, part graphic memior-- but it's easy to figure out once you open it. To best understand exactly what Post-it Note Diaries is, read the first chapter by humorist John Hodgman or view the trailer on the page above and everything should start to make sense.
-- Arthur Jones editor & illustrator

SELECTED PRESS

Amazon.com Best Books of 2011 | New York Times Holiday Gift Guide 2011 | Onion AV Guide | Toronto Star | Boing Boing | This American Life | Time Out Chicago | Philadelphia Citypaper | Flavorpill Brooklyn | The Rumpus

 

About

Post-it Note Diaries was compiled, edited and illustrated by Brooklyn based artist, graphic designer, animator and writer Arthur Jones. Arthur was born in Texas raised in Missouri and attended Rhode Island School of Design. Post-it Note Diaries is his first book.

The book contains a murderer's row of fantastic contributors:

Andrew Bird : Musician, Violinist & Expert Whistler
Arthur Bradford : Author & Filmmaker
Neil deGrasse Tyson : Astrophysicist, TV host & Scientific Sex Symbol
Daniel Engber : Journalist & Internet Icon
Jonathan Goldstein : Author & North American Radio Personality
John Hodgman : Former Minor TV Celebrity, Nerd Advocate, Author & Judge
Starlee Kine : Author, Humorist & Radio Producer
Chuck Klosterman : Essayist, Sports Anthropologist & Rock n Roll Eulogist
Laura Krafft : Writer & Flautist
Beth Lisick : Author, Comedian & Big Yellow Banana
Marie Lorenz : Artist & Boat Builder
David Rakoff : Humorist, Essayist, Actor & Restless Sleeper
David Rees : Comedian, Cartoonist & Artisanal Pencil Sharpener
Mary Roach : Author & Lecturer
Kristen Schaal : Literary Eroticist, Horse Impersonator & Comedian
Jeff Simmermon : Storyteller
Andrew Solomon : Journalist
Hannah Tinti : Novelist & Editor
David Wilcox : Author